Local student and budding scientist Ceydra Bertram is one of only 19 American students chosen to attend the prestigious summer science program at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, one of the world’s foremost centers of scientific research and graduate study.
Ceydra, a college-bound Rockford resident, applied for the 44th Annual Dr. Bessie Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI) to pursue her passion for scientific research.
ISSI, a four-week, intensive science exploration, affords students the opportunity to work in small groups with world-renowned scientists and graduate students, conducting actual, ongoing research. Participants select a subject area in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or computer sciences. Senior Weizmann Institute scientists give supplemental lectures, and participants are invited to join departmental talks and visit the campus’ state-of-the-art science facilities.
Ceydra attended Rockford Guilford High School and has previously done cancer research through the Summer Science Program at the UIC College of Medicine-Rockford campus. The first summer Ceydra was an intern, studying protein pathways and their alterations after chemotherapy in melanoma cells. Her second summer, she was both a volunteer and a mentor to a new intern.
From the Aug. 1-7, 2012, issue